Monthly Archives: June 2014

Luis Suarez makes statement, as Hajvalia launch ambitious loan move

Luis Suarez has been offered a chance to keep fit during his four month ban from ambitious Kosovan side.

The Uruguayan has been banned from ‘all footballing activities’ as part of his punishment for biting Georgia Chiellini.

This includes club football meaning he can’t play for Liverpool, but Hajvalia  are keen to utilise a loophole in the system.

Director Xhavit Pocolli told Kosovan daily Sport Plus: “Suarez can’t play in the next four months. As we are not part of FIFA yet, I think he can play in Kosovo, so we have an offer that we will send to Liverpool.

“We offered €30,000 (£24,000) and a salary of €1,500 (£1,200) for each month. This might sound ridiculous to him, but that is all we can do.

“If he is willing to come and play for us, he is welcome. As we are not part of FIFA, it would be ideal for him.”

Hajvalia have a ground capacity of just 1,000 spectators and finished sixth in their league last season.

Shamed star Suarez has finally made a statement apologising for the collision, although still downplaying the bite incident.

The Uruguayan stated “After several days of being home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect about the reality of what occurred during the Uruguay-Italy match on 24 June 2014.

“Independent from the fallout and the contradicting declarations that have surfaced during these past days, all of which have been without the intention of interfering with the good performance of my national team, the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me. For this:

-I deeply regret what occurred.

-I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family.

-I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this”

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Why now is the time for Liverpool to sell Luis Suarez

Liverpool supporters will be scratching their heads up and down the world after the latest Luis Suarez controversy. Supporters of Liverpool and football fans in general, know what a genius player the Uruguayan is. He is arguably the third best player in the world at the moment and he is admired and hated for the same reason, his quality. But, after this latest controversy, surely it has to be ‘three strikes and you’re out’.

I’m sure Liverpool supporters will not be needed to remember the three incidents, but here they are anyway. First strike was the alleged racist comments from Suarez to Patrice Evra in a match against fierce rivals Manchester United, which earned Suarez an 8 game ban, but to add salt further to the wound the Uruguayan refused to shake the hand of Patrice Evra in a match later on in the season.

The moment that the Racism row started

The moment that the Racism row started

The second strike was ‘bitegate 2’, where he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, clearly caught by the TV cameras in a crucial game at Anfield which finished 2-2, ironically with Suarez scoring a last minute equalizer. This incident got him a 10 ban, resulting in Suarez missing the first 6 games of the new campaign.

The now infamous bite on Chelsea defender Ivanovic

The now infamous bite on Chelsea defender Ivanovic

Strike 3 for Liverpool is this latest incident, ‘bitegate 3’. What better stage could Suarez represent himself on than the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the footballing home of Brazil. Suarez has been banned from all of football for 4 months and can’t even train with Liverpool.

The third incident

The third incident

Liverpool have to look at the facts, he has missed 38 games throughout his career for biting a player, add on to that the Racism row that’s a staggering 46 games he has missed throughout his career from bans. He clearly wanted to leave Liverpool last summer, and did everything in his power that he could, but Liverpool made him stay. But, for a second summer in a row, even before the World Cup, Suarez was agitating for a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona, with some fans even claiming he bit Chiellini to get his dream move to Spain.

Liverpool have a player at their hands that is a ‘loose-cannon’, add on to that he doesn’t even want to be at Anfield anyway.

Barcelona are willing to pay 80million for Suarez, possibly with a player joining in exchange, and Liverpool can do a lot with that sort of money, spent wisely of course. Life has always moved on at Liverpool, just look at the striker’s Liverpool have had in the past, Fernando Torres and Michael Owen looked irreplaceable at the time, but Liverpool have moved on. To make yourselves get over the ‘betrayal’ look at the careers that Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have had after leaving Liverpool.

Liverpool have not missed Fernando Torres, but he's missed Liverpool

Liverpool have not missed Fernando Torres, but he’s missed Liverpool

Liverpool have something that a lot of clubs don’t  have‘a name’. Liverpool are one of the most respected clubs in world football with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Ajax etc. The name has no doubt suffered through these incidents, and will only suffer more if Liverpool continues to stand by these actions.

There is no doubting the quality Suarez has, but now is the perfect time for him to leave Anfield.

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Barcelona offer Suarez 40million contract, but only if he behaves

Bite suarezThe Catalan giants want to snap up Uruguayan Luis Suarez, but are anxious to ensure Suarez will behave himself.

Luis Suarez could earn up to 40million playing for Barcelona, but the Uruguayan has to agree to a special ‘behavioural clause’.

The Spanish side are said to be offering Suarez a 5-year contract, while earning 160,000-a-week.

Barcelona chiefs are insisting that the contract contains special clauses in the deal to ensure he behaves both on and off the pitch.

The Catalan club know that they need to appease some of their fans, who are worried about Suarez’s behaviour.

Liverpool are demanding 80million for Suarez while Barcelona only want to pay 50million, but the deal could include 30million rated Alexis Sanchez.

Barcelona are prepared to back Suarez in his appeal against FIFA to fight the ban or get it reduced.

 
 

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Sunderland to make 10million bid for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini

BoriniSunderland are willing to off Liverpool 10million for Fabio Borini.

Liverpool are said to want 12.5million before they part with the Italian, the 23-year-old enjoyed a successful loan period at Sunderland last season.

The 10million offer is understood to break down into 8million with 2million add-ons further supplemented.

 

Borini was voted Sunderland’s young player of the season last year, scoring crucial goals against local rivals Newcastle, and a crucial penalty against Chelsea and he opened the scoring in the league cup final against Manchester City.

Liverpool are understood to preferably keep him, especially now with Luis Suarez’s ban, unless they get an offer that matches their valuation of the player.

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Suarez claims he did not bite Chiellini with intent

Back home suarezLuis Suarez has told FIFA’s disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately attempt to bite Italy defender Georgia Chiellini.

Meanwhile, the world governing body have been formally informed of an appeal against Luis Suarez’s ban.

FIFA’s head of media Delia Fischer told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro: ‘We have received a declaration that they are planning to appeal. They informed us of their intention to appeal yesterday (Friday) evening.

‘The reasons for the appeal must now be given in writing within a deadline of seven days after the three days has expired.’

Last Wednesday Suarez had written a letter to the FIFA panel and said ‘In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite.’

‘After the impact … I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent,’ Suarez wrote in his submission to the panel which met on Wednesday, one day after Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in a decisive group-stage match.

‘At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth,’ Suarez said.

FIFA suggested the ban was so severe because the player did not show a hint of remorse over the situation.

‘At no time did the player show any kind of remorse or admit to any violation of FIFA rules and therefore showed no awareness of having committed any infraction,’ a FIFA document said, as reported by Brazilian newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo.

‘The minimum punishment was not sufficient to have the necessary dissuasive effect.

‘Previous bans did not have an effect.’

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Liverpool line up Markovic and Origi moves

Divock Origi

Divock Origi

With the transfer of Adam Lallana close to completion, Liverpool are lining up further signings, Belgium starlet Divock Origi and Benfica winger Markovic.

Origi is 19-years-old and he has drawn interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, but Liverpool look to wrap up the 6million deal by offering to loan him back to Lille for next season.

Liverpool have watched Origi all season and the Belgium has drawn rave reviews after his performances for Belgium in the World Cup.

Origi seems keen on a Premier League, having admitted it his dream to play in the Premeir League.

As a little boy I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League,’ said Origi, as reported by the Express.

Markovic

Markovic

‘But I’m still young and now I’m in an important tournament so I’m trying to focus on the team. Then my entourage will see with Lille what I will do.’

Liverpool are also interested in Benfica’s winger Lazar Markovic, rated at 25million by the Portuguese side.

Markovic is just 20-years-old and is known for his blistering speed and an eye for goal, and the 20-year-old will give Rodgers lots of options next season as they look to challenge for the Premier League title.

With Liverpool seemingly completed the transfer of Adam Lallana, the Merseyside club are moving onto new targets quickly.

Liverpool also hold a strong interest on Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez, who could be part of any potential Suarez deal. As well as Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who recently scored a hat trick for Switzerland at the World Cup.

Lazor Markovic

Divock Origi

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Lallana on verge of 25million move to Liverpool

LallanaLiverpool are on the brink of signing one of their top summer transfer targets this summer after agreeing a 25million fee for Adam Lallana.

The English international has had his heart set on a move to Liverpool at the end of the season, with it looking like his dream has come true after arriving at Melwood for a medical.

Liverpool had an opening bid of 20million rejected for the player and they subsequently put in a 25million bid, which was again rejected. Liverpool had struggled to agree a price as they would not budge of their own valuation of the player, and they were always wandering whether Southampton will budge of their 30million valuation for the player.

Talk of Lallana’s future was put on hold until the World Cup had finished for England, and after having been eliminated early, Liverpool have seemed to be able to tie up the deal quickly.

Liverpool are trying to complete their transfer business quickly, with the signings of Emre Can and Rickie Lambert already made to a squad that finished runners up last season.

 

 

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Bite ban does not affect Suarez, it punishes Liverpool

FIFA had the intention to punish the player when they hand out their repercussions to the ‘bitegate 3’ incident, but it’s not Suarez who suffers it’s his club who are hit the hardest.

Firstly, FIFA have offered in no way to help the player with his ‘psychological’ problems which he clearly needs help with, like Liverpool did last summer. Even the PFA chief has said that FIFA have let themselves down. I’m not condoning Suarez’s actions here, but it is clear that he is not in control of his actions. I’m sure he doesn’t just think ‘I’ll just bite this player’, it’s a problem that he needs help and support over to make himself a better person and player. FIFA should have offered him some kind of therapy to get to the route of the problem, whatever that may be.

Suarez needs help to cut this out of his game.

Suarez needs help to cut this out of his game.

FIFA handed down Suarez a 9 game international ban starting with Uruguay’s tie with Columbia at this World Cup. When Suarez bit Chelsea defender Ivanovic he got a 10 game domestic ban, but he could still play international games for Uruguay. The South American side were not punished for Suarez’s action when he was in a Liverpool shirt, so why should Liverpool suffer when Suarez causes controversy in a Uruguay shirt.

Suarez is passionate about his national team, us England supporters saw that after his two goal heroics knocked England out of the World Cup and emotion he showed after the game. If you want to hit Suarez where it hurts then give him a longer ban for Uruguay, possibly a year or two.

Suarez celebrates scoring agsitn England

Suarez celebrates scoring agsitn England

FIFA then handed Suarez a 4 month ban from all of football, whoever he plays for. How does this punish Suarez? He’s still getting close to 200,000-a-week for playing football and now for 4 months he’s getting paid for nothing. Liverpool, in those 4 months, will lose a total of 3million on the Uruguayans wages. So tell Liverpool how this does not affect our club?

We then lose one of the best players in world football for nothing he did in a Liverpool shirt. We are unlikely to sell him, with teams being put off by the risk behind Suarez and because he is banned for 4 months. Leaving Liverpool in a lose-lose situation where we cannot replace him and we cannot play him for a number of months.

What teams would want to sign Suarez right now?

What teams would want to sign Suarez right now?

If you are going to punish his actions then punish the player himself, not the club he plays for. FIFA could have docked his wages, suspended him for his country for longer etc.

Liverpool have the right to feel aggrieved as we have done nothing wrong. Liverpool look like they will challenge FIFA’s decision and should bring up similar questions to them.

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Liverpool to consider legal action against FIFA

Bite suarezLiverpool have joined the Uruguayan FA in considering legal action against the world football governing body FIFA, after they hit Luis Suarez with a four month ban from all off football.

Suarez’s Liverpool career is in the balance after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Georgia Chiellini on the shoulder, his third offence.

The striker is set to return home to Uruguay to spend time with his family and recover.

Liverpool are said to be ‘furious’ after FIFA handed the Uruguayan with a four month ban from all footballing activities as part of his punishment.

Suarez is already preparing to appeal the ban with help from the Uruguay FA, who have stood by their ‘hero’ all the way.

Liverpool are considering a lawsuit against FIFA for banning him at club level, with the Reds feeling like they’ve been punished the most for something he did in a Uruguay shirt.

As it stands Suarez will miss the opening NINE Premier League games, as well the opening three Champions League games and one league cup game.

Liverpool sent out a statement saying they are going to review all the evidence that FIFA have and will not make a statement until they are ready.

Liverpool have had no contact from FIFA and still don’t know the full implications of the ban, they don’t even know if he can train with Liverpool yet.

The player’s lawyer, Alejandro Balbi said that he will meet with legal representatives from the Merseyside club on Friday. “We will meet in Barcelona with Liverpool’s lawyers,” he told Cadena Cope.

Balbi also claimed that Pere Guardiol(Suarez’s agent) interestingly will be present at the meeting when asked about a move to Barcelona.

“Tomorrow we will talk with Pere Guardiola,” Balbi added when asked about a potential move for Suarez from Liverpool to Barcelona.

 

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez banned from ALL FOOTBALL for 4 months

Bite suarezFIFA have today issued a statement regarding the alleged bite on Italy defender Georgia Chiellini, with a ban of 4 months from all football and a ban of nine international World Cup games.

This is Suarez’s third offence for biting now and FIFA were expected to hand Suarez a hefty ban, especially with the incident occurring on the world stage.

Luis Suarez will not be able to take part in any football for FOUR months, including all Liverpool games, and will not be allowed to take part in the rest of the World Cup.

Suarez has also received a stadium ban and will not be able to appear at Uruguay or Liverpool games next season.

FIFA are unclear if this will affect any transfer that Luis Suarez might get, which could mean Liverpool will be stuck with the Uruguayan if the ban affects transfers.

If Suarez remains at Liverpool he will be banned from 9 Premier League games, including any Champions League or League Cup games in the four months.

What this means for Liverpool is the biggest question, with Suarez now banned domestically for 4 months clubs are unlikely to want to pay big money for the Uruguayan, if any at all, and Liverpool are stuck with a player that cannot take part in games.

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